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Watermark Resist/Distress Stain “Daddy and Me” Card


Watermark Resist/Distress Stain "Daddy and Me" Card

As promised we have another great Father’s Day Card for you. Today, Linda Ledbetter shows you how to use Watermark Resist Ink and Distress Stains to create this Daddy and Me Card!

For this project you will need:



Foreground Panel:


Working on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, stamp letters from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Worn Text set onto Specialty Stamping Paper using Watermark Resist Ink. Allow the ink to air dry or heat-set it with a Heat Tool.


Apply Iced Spruce, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn and Wild Honey Distress Stain in both vertical and horizontal stripes across the paper, including the areas you’ve stamped with Watermark Resist. Mist the inks lightly with water from a Mister Bottle. Use a soft rag or damp paper towel to gently blot the ink off the stamped areas. Watch those letters pop!


Stamp the concentric circles from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge set randomly over the paper using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Again, gently blot away the ink that covers the stamped letters.


For more impact, trace the letters with a Crushed Olive Distress Marker, then use the fine-tipped Tim Holtz Water Brush around the letters to smear the ink a bit.


Use a Tonic Paper Distresser to rough up the edges, then color them with Mowed Lawn Distress Stain. Once this dries, add a thin line of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint along the outer edges.

Background Card:


Fold a large #12 Manila Tag so that the bottom edge just meets the bottom of the reinforcer. The tag should open like a book, with the longer edge in back and the reinforcer to the right. Stamp what’s now the front of the card with the same concentric circles stamp using Iced Spruce Distress Ink. Place a sheet of scrap paper inside the folded card so the stamping doesn’t touch to the back edge of the card.


Darken the edges of the card using Walnut Stain Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.


Open the card, and use a piece of masking tape to create a straight edge right where the front edge of the card lines up. Use Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint on the un-masked edge. Let the paint dry, then remove to masking tape to reveal a nice, even line.


Photocopy (or scan and print) a photo onto Sticky-Back Canvas. Run it through your ink jet printer as you would any thick cardstock– it takes ink beautifully!
Trim the Sticky-Back photo to size, peel off the backing and attach it to the foreground panel. Then, use Pop-It Squares to attach the foreground to the background card.


Mist a piece of Trimming ribbon with water and color it with Distress Stain in Mowed Lawn and Iced Spruce. Once it dries, thread it through the reinforcer on the back of the tag/card.


7 thoughts on “Watermark Resist/Distress Stain “Daddy and Me” Card

  1. Linda, what a great Dad card. Love how you used the large manila tag as the card base. And always love the Watermark Resist technique, but my favorite little tip on your card is how you accented the letters with marker and waterbrush. Awesome idea!

  2. Awesome card; what a cool technique with canvas! So much inspiration here… love it !!

  3. Love the coloring around the letters – I keep forgetting that the markers are just like everything else!! It’d tough after so many years of trying NOT to smear things to go ahead and smear away!! And OF COURSE Ranger featured your card. . .Silly!!

  4. Such a great card Linda! Love the stripes and all the layers of stamping. The lettering is very cool too. What a special treat for Father’s Day! (Great pic of the two of you!)